Eagles-only 3-round mock draft: Hidden gem at linebacker?
This year’s upcoming NFL Draft figures to be one of the most unpredictable in recent memory.
At one point, Michigan defensive end Aiden Hutchinson was the consensus #1 overall pick, but even that isn’t a lock anymore.
The Eagles have a laundry list of holes that need attention – lucky for them, they have five picks within the top-100 to find the right pieces.
With the draft just two weeks away, here is how I see things realistically playing out for Philadelphia:
Round 1, Pick #15: Jordan Davis, DL – Georgia
The trenches have always been a priority to Howie Roseman. It’s almost a given that he’ll use one of his first-round picks to bolster the defensive front.
You’ve heard it before, but Davis is an absolute freak of nature at 6-foot-6, 341 pounds, with 33″ arms and a 6-8 wingspan. Due to his size, Jordan Davis demands double-teams every time he’s on the field and, surprisingly, has missed zero tackles over the past two seasons.
His every-down consistency is a significant concern, but Jordan Davis has all of the physical traits to be one of the more dominant players at his position. Drafting Davis solidifies an already imposing defensive line and sets the Eagles up for future success.
#99 Jordan Davis with the stack and shed and making it look casual pic.twitter.com/RIK0ynwCWO— Nate Tice (@Nate_Tice) April 12, 2022
Round 1, Pick #18: Andrew Booth Jr., CB – Clemson
The Eagles likely won’t have a chance at Ahmad “Sauce” Gardner or Derek Stingley Jr. unless they trade up, but Andrew Booth is an outstanding consolation prize.
Booth is an uber-athletic corner with tremendous upside. He has superb instincts and ball skills that allow him to make plays on the ball with his lengthy 6’0” frame. Best suited as an outside corner, Booth already excels in zone coverage and has the necessary traits to play man.
There’s a bit of rawness to him, but Booth can be a bonafide starting corner in the NFL with some refinement. The Eagles certainly need one with not much proven talent on the roster other than Darius Slay.
Round 2, Pick #51: Christian Watson, WR – North Dakota State
If you follow me on my various social media platforms, you’re already familiar with my infatuation for freak athlete Christian Watson. Yeah, I know the last player the Eagles drafted out of NDSU turned sour, but I’ll make an exception for a dynamic playmaker.
Watson was arguably the most explosive receiver in all of college football last year and has great size at 6’4”, 208 pounds – not to mention he ran the sixth-fastest 40-time at the combine at 4.36.
The competition wasn’t elite at NDSU, so there are some questions regarding Watson’s talent at the pro level.
Overall, Watson projects as a versatile weapon that would add another element to an Eagles’ offense that desperately needs more firepower.
Dang, they make it look easy.— NDSU Football (@NDSUfootball) October 9, 2021
Patterson. Watson. 85 yards. Touchdown. pic.twitter.com/KdOi0AKoTv
Round 3, Pick #83: Channing Tindall, LB – Georgia
It’ll be a cold day in hell before Howie Roseman drafts a linebacker in the first round, so Georgia standout Nakobe Dean was never really a possibility for the Eagles. However, his teammate Channing Tindall is worth a look on Day 2.
Tindall is among the fastest players at his position and has excellent sideline-to-sideline speed to chase down running backs. He didn’t get a ton of playing time until last season when he ranked third on the team in tackles and recorded 5.5 sacks.
A great blitzer in his own right, Tindall uses his speed to beat tackles off the edge. His lack of experience is a concern – there were limited snaps behind teammates Quay Walker and Nakobe Dean – but Tindall’s athletic talent speaks for itself.
Channing Tindall’s closing speed 🔥 pic.twitter.com/8jfsXgMKbJ— State Of Champions! (@AxDawg27) September 5, 2021
Round 3, Pick #101: Ed Ingram, IOL – LSU
The Eagles could use some depth on the interior offensive line, and Ed Ingram can provide just that. He has 34 career starts between both guard spots and gave up just two sacks in 811 offensive snaps last season.
Ingram uses his strong hands to intercept pass rushers in pass protection and picks up blitzes well. His combination of power and mobility will allow Ingram to be a capable NFL backup right away – and he should only get better under the tutelage of Jeff Stoutland.
Ed Ingram WALLOP pic.twitter.com/hYRI1DIkip— Cole Cubelic (@colecubelic) October 16, 2021
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